Feb 3 - 9, 2005 

Reel World

By Devin D. O'Leary

New Year, Same ProblemsThe People Before Profit film/lecture series at the Peace & Justice Center (202 Harvard SE) kicks off 2004 with Bush Family Fortunes. This English documentary trails the Bush family, from the Florida election fraud to the Saudi connection. It's based on Greg Palast's hard-hitting investigative reports for the BBC and the UK's Guardian and on his bestselling book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. Entrance is free, but seating is limited.

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Store mascot/wrestler El Quemado contemplates the selection at Burning Paradise

Film News

Burning Paradise: Part 2

Newly expanded local video store throws party for loyal patrons

By Devin D. O'Leary

It's Friday night and you're craving a movie. Cruising the aisles of Hastings, all you're able to turn up is row after row of Catwoman DVDs. Kurly Tlapoyawa feels your pain.

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Surviving Christmas   wasn’t any more popular in Asia.

Film Review

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Asian art house offering studiously contemplates its own navel

By Devin D. O'Leary

While movies about the art of moviemaking are fairly common (just look at this year's The Aviator), movies about the art of watching movies are fairly rare. Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso is pretty much the capstone of this largely untenanted genre. A nostalgic portrait of growing up in a movie theater and loving cinema in its purest form, Cinema Paradiso examines what it's like to be a viewer, a passive participant captured by the flickering magic of a movie projector.

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Idiot Box

Bowling for Supe

“Super Bowl XXXIX” on FOX

By Devin D. O'Leary

February is an amazing month, television-wise. First of all, it's Sweeps, which means the networks will be straining their budgets to shoehorn big celebrity guest stars into each and every sitcom. Secondly, February now boasts the two biggest TV viewing days of the entire year. Later this month, we get the Oscars, and this very weekend, the worlds of sports and television come together to deliver nothing less than the Super Bowl.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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